SUMMARY: Madame Tutli-Putli boards a night train where she becomes embroiled in a terrifying existentialist adventure.
WHY IT’S HERE: ‘Madame Tutli-Putli’, despite its whimsical title, is actually a dark and sometime frightening piece of work that balances its chills with a cryptic plot and some of the most beautiful visuals ever put on film. Directors Maciek Szczerbowski and Chris Lavis developed an impressive technique for bringing more emotional weight to their characters by asking real-life actors to perform the puppet’s movements and then adding their expressive human eyes to the puppets. The result is haunting and exquisite, with Madame Tutli-Putli herself boasting a mesmerising gaze that draws the viewer in. The directors have also stated that the plot is deliberately confusing and meant to allow various interpretations to be projected upon it. This increases the film’s impact and, for anyone who disagrees, the astonishing visuals are enough to hold the attention and capture the imagination alone.